Don't-Miss Privacy Stories

NSA-dodging mail service explains why email can never truly be private and secure

Silent Circle explains the technicalities behind its decision to fall on its sword before the government came a-knockin'.

Gmail's 'Users can't expect privacy' furor: Much ado about nothing new

Did Google just say that users can't legitimately expect privacy when using Gmail? Sort of, but not really.

Meet Darknet, the hidden, anonymous underbelly of the searchable Web

Learn what lurks beneath the Internet you use every day—a place where free speech, and illicit activity, can flourish.

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Adware runs rampant in Google Play, researchers say

One or more antivirus vendors flagged 22 percent of 8000 popular apps as having issues

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Google Chrome policy exposes user passwords on purpose: Here's how to prevent it

Google's browser displays user passwords in plain text in its settings, and it isn't the only one.

Tor Project: Stop using Windows, disable JavaScript to protect your anonymity

The Tor Project is advising that people stop using Windows after the discovery of a startling vulnerability in Firefox that undermined the main advantages of the privacy-centered network.

Do cops need a warrant to search your smart phone?

Cell phone security varies significantly among jurisdictions. Here are the current rules and some of the concerns.

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Viral story of Google searches prompting a raid from the authorities is not exactly true

The authorities are probably not watching every Google search as they happen, but your data can still draw attention in other ways.

Tech firms squirm over their role in Prism surveillance

The disclosures about the NSA's massive global surveillance by former tech worker Edward Snowden is hitting the U.S. tech industry hard as companies continue to try to explain their involvement in the data-collection program.

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Some privacy advocates question mobile apps agreement

A code of conduct approved this week isn't enforceable, critics say.

Tired of being pestered? Dodge data collectors with MaskMe's myriad tools

A new privacy tool called MaskMe may help people evade data harvesting efforts by websites and marketers.

BitTorrent Sync protects your files from Prism’s prying eyes

BitTorrent’s free file-syncing client is now open to the public with no caps on file size or sharing limits.

Reddit, Mozilla, WordPress, and others plan July 4 protest against NSA surveillance

A large coalition of civil rights and privacy groups and potentially thousands of websites will stage protests on the Fourth of July to protest surveillance programs at the U.S. National Security Agency.

Google doesn't plan to change its privacy policy for Glass

Glass may be a revolutionary device, but that doesn't mean Google plans to overhaul its unified privacy policy to better accommodate the gadget.

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U.S. senators demand to know extent and benefits of NSA spy program

A group of 26 U.S. senators, cutting across party lines, seek "public answers" on whether the National Security Agency collected in bulk other data in the U.S. besides phone records, such as credit card purchases and financial information.